Your Face Oil Soulmate Exists—Here's How to Choose the Best Formula


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It's a common myth that those with acne-prone skin can't use face oil. In truth, some facial oils can benefit acne-prone skin, helping to calm irritation and fade the dreaded dark spots that arrive post-breakout. But that's not all. Facial oils can provide much-needed balance to oilier skin types by curbing extra oil production. Additionally, they quench dry skin and even balance a combination complexion. I shouldn't need to say more to convince you that adding face oil to your routine is good, but if you need more convincing, you'll want to keep reading. We've created a comprehensive list of each skin type's facial oil soulmate. Yes, it exists, and your skin will thank you. Scroll on and find out which one is yours.

What to Look for in a Face Oil

Despite what you might think, everyone can use and reap the moisturizing benefits of face oils. Use them correctly and choose a formula geared toward your skin type and concerns, and you're good to go! For example, someone with dry skin probably won't use the same oil as someone with oily skin. And yes, even folks with oily skin can use face oil. The right mixture of ingredients can actually help stabilize and regulate the skin's sebum production, which, in turn, will help curb excessive oiliness. If you have oily skin, look for an oil with oil-soluble esters, which help the oil sink into the skin and disappear. 

Those with combination skin will most likely want to use a face oil with extra hydrating ingredients that won't clog pores or cause excess oiliness—think squalane, rosehip oil, and jojoba oil. If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, you'll want to avoid heavier oils like coconut, marula, palm, wheat germ, and soybean. Instead, opt for oils like sea buckthorn, olive, tea tree, and jojoba. Confused? Don't worry. We have you covered on which oils are best for each skin type. Keep reading. Your face oil soulmate is just a scroll away.

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The Best Face Oils for Combination Skin

The Best Face Oils for Dry Skin

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This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Shawna Hudson
Associate Beauty Editor

Shawna Hudson has worked in editorial for over six years, with experience covering entertainment, fashion, culture, celebrities, and her favorite topic of all, beauty. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in journalism and has written for other publications such as Bustle, The Zoe Report, Byrdie, Elite Daily, Mane Addicts, and more. She is currently an associate beauty editor at Who What Wear and hopes to continue feeding her (completely out-of-control) beauty obsession as long as she can. Stay up to date on her latest finds on Instagram @shawnasimonee.